Oh how our attention is captured when we see ourselves or someone we know chronicled in a commencement address! As promised, here is another favorite passage from this year’s graduation remarks. Dr. Jill Biden (educator and wife of Vice President Joe Biden) shared this thought with the graduating class of Broward College in Florida:
“Most people think of the famous ceiling of the Sistine Chapel when they hear the name Michelangelo. But interestingly enough, Michelangelo resisted painting – he considered himself a sculptor. It was as a sculptor that he shared these words: ‘I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.’… You all have something that makes you come alive…Find it – and carve and carve – until you set it free.”
Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and developed a prayer based system of healing, wrote about this concept in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Judging from her life long effort to teach others this approach to health and the challenges she faced, her words are instructive:
“The sculptor turns from the marble to his model in order to perfect his conception. We are all sculptors, working at various forms, moulding and chiseling thought… We must form perfect models in thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives.”
If you are a new graduate or like me continuing along life’s learning curve, take a moment to examine the models you have in your thought. Are they worthy of your goals? If so, one, two, three – carve!